Remembering Los Siete de la Raza 50 year anniversary

Marjorie Heins in conversation with Greg Landau
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On May 1st 1969, two plain clothes officers struggled to apprehend suspected burglars in Noe Valley and either one of the officers drew a gun or one of the perceived suspects removed a gun from an officer that resulted in one of the officers being shot and killed. Police charged seven Central American youth with the killing of the officer and the Mission community quickly created a defense organization called “Los Siete de la Raza” [The 7 that belong to The People] that would not only help acquit the youth, but also become a symbol for racial and class equality in the US.

Marjorie Heins was one of the first to document Los Siete in her article “Los Siete de la Raza,” published in Ramparts Magazine in March, 1971 and later expanded into a book titled Strictly Ghetto Property: The Story of Los Siete de la Raza.

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Greg Landau is a professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies at City College of San Francisco and University of California Santa Cruz.

Greg Landau website link

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